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Clemson Drone Workshop 2019

Get the information you need to begin using drones for your business or organization and take your operations to the next level.


Whether you want to to bring drone-based photography into your marketing or real estate firm, an engineering or construction company wanting to supplement their operations with aerial mapping surveys, a hobbyist looking to fly for profit, or a researcher who wants to apply drone-based mapping to their work, this comprehensive workshop will help you get off the ground.

The full workshop is offered across two days. There are several possibilities for attendance, depending on your interest:

  • Attend the first day to learn the fundamentals of drone operations

  • Sign up for a specialized technical track on the second day

  • Enroll in both days for the complete experience.


DAY 1 will cover:

  • How to plan and safely execute automated flights using consumer-grade drones, including pre- and post-flight practices.

  • Select a drone that best suits your needs.

  • Understand the legal and safe operation of drones in the US.

  • Get a headstart on the FAA knowledge test to be a certified operator.


DAY 2: Two specialized technical tracks are offered separately:

  1. Drone Photo and Video Editing

  2. Mapping and Geospatial Data Creation

Click here for the full schedule and topics.

Workshop Details

WHO IS IT FOR?  Businesses, organizations, government entities, researchers, and individuals looking to learn the technical aspects around using drones commercially.​ No prior experience necessary.

DATE           August 6 & 7, 2019.

LOCATION  Cooper Library, 116 Sigma Dr., Clemson, SC 29634 and nearby field sites.

PROVIDED  Lunch and on-campus parking is included. Training materials and computing workstations are provided.


                                       Single-Day          Two-Day

Clemson affiliates:                 $250                $500 

General public:                      $300                $600

Cost is per person.


Sign up to reserve your seat using the form at the bottom of this page. There is no cost to reserve a seat. Instructions for payment will be supplied closer to the workshop date.

CONTACT  For questions, contact Blake Lytle directly.

Schedule and Topics

Drone Takeoff

DAY 1: Fundamentals of Unmanned Aerial Operations


This session covers all the basics: regulations, selecting a drone, flight planning and logistics, and demonstration of photography and mapping flights. 

  • Drone Operations: What you need to know (9:00 - 11:30 am)

    • Drones, Sensors, and Data Products

    • FAA Regulations and Certification

    • Safe Operations and Aircraft Performance

  • Lunch 11:30 - 12:30 pm

  • Getting Off the Ground (12:30 - 4:00 pm)​

    • Automated Flights and Planning

    • Pre-flight and Post-flight Considerations

    • Inspections

    • Flight Demonstrations

  •  Viewing the Results, Wrap-up, Q&A, (4:00 - 5:00 pm)​​

DAY 2: 

Mapping and Geospatial Data Creation Track

Create georeferenced imagery, elevation data, point clouds, and 3D meshes from photos taken with a drone.

  • Mission Planning Considerations (9:00 - 10:30 am)

    • Structure from Motion Processing and Software

    • Flight parameters

    • GPS, Ground Control, and Accuracy

  • Mapping Mission - Seneca Bottoms (10:45 - 1:00 pm)

    • Field inspection and considerations

    • Collecting Ground Control

    • Mapping flight

  • Lunch 1:00 - 2:00 PM

  • Processing Photos to Spatial Data (2:00 - 5:00 pm)

    • Elevation Data, Point Clouds, and Mesh Creation

    • Accuracy Optimization

    • Quality reporting

    • Wrap-up, Q&A



DAY 2: 

Drone Photo and Video Editing Track

Learn how to get the most stunning results from your pictures and videos to set you apart from the crowd.


  • Editing Drone Video Footage​​ (9:00 - 12:00 pm)

    • Importing drone footage​

    • Finding and editing to music

    • Color correcting and color grading

  • Lunch 12:00 - 1:00 pm

  • Editing Drone Photos (1:00 - 3:00 pm)

    • Image file management​

    • Color correcting

    • Masking and compositing

  • Social Media Tips (3:00 - 4:00 pm)

  • Q&A and one-on-one consultations (4:00 - 5:00 pm)

White Drone


Instructors and Sponsors

Blake Lytle

Blake is the UAV Specialist at CCGT. He provides pilot services to the University, manages the CCGT drone fleet, and develops and delivers training resources. He has experience with a variety of unmanned mapping systems, sensors,  and data processing and analysis.

Kelsey Sheaffer


Kelsey is the Learning Technologies Librarian and Director of the Adobe Digital Studio in Cooper Library. Kelsey received her Masters of Fine Arts in Kinetic Imaging, focusing on art made with sound, animation and video

Patricia Carbajales-Dale


Patricia is the Executive Director of CCGT and an FAA Part 107 certified remote pilot. She brings extensive experience in GIS and geospatial analysis, visualization, and instruction.


This workshop is brought to you by the Clemson Center for Geospatial Technologies, Clemson Computing and Information Technology, and the Clemson Libraries.

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